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Annual Ayurveda Workshops

3rd Annual Ayurvedic Workshops - Rishikesh, India  2018

  • Principles and the Physiology of Ayurveda: Nov. 6th -12th

  • Diagnosing Methods and Skills of Ayurveda: Nov. 12th - 18th

  • Herbology and Dietary Treatments of Ayurveda: Nov. 18th  26th

AYURVEDIC HEALTH-CARE TRAINING FOR WESTERNERS

By Viadya Khabir supported by Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurveda) and Dr. Amit Raj.

 Held at Maa Yoga Ashram, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, India. 

Sponsored by Planet Ayurveda, India.

  

  * No prior training or knowledge of Ayurveda is required.

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Presenter and Organizer 

Khabir Southwick, Naturopath, MH, NT, CAS, is an internationally known Ayurvedic health-care practitioner, master herbalist, naturopath and public speaker.  For over 20 years, Khabir has helped thousands of people to naturally overcome a wide range of health conditions with dietary changes, herbal medicine and home remedies.  Khabir formulates and provides his own herbal teas and Ayurvedic formulas to address most health conditions.  When in Ojai, Khabir maintains his health-care practice with local, national and international clients.  He regularly presents and meets clients in Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and India.

About workshops

These intensive workshops are presented for those who are interested in, studying or actively practicing [clinical] Ayurvedic health-care.  "This teaching format is for those who want an authentic and substantive hands-on training in Ayurvedic health-care (kayachikitsa) that can be used in clinical practice.  Most courses on Ayurveda are unclear about clinical applications, overly detailed or just too academic.  For those who don't know Sanskrit traditional courses on Ayurveda can also be confusing.  The goal of these workshops is to help [western] students and practitioners of Ayurveda to better grasp the functional and clinical applications of Ayurveda.  The classes are straightforward and clear without much Sanskrit terminology or references to ancient texts. 

"Being a small group and eating together provides an excellent environment for questions and open discussion.  With pancha karma and prominent guest speakers each workshop is a deep immersion in Ayurveda ."  Khabir

Certificate Course in Ayurveda

Khabir Southwick, in collaboration with Dr. Vikram Chauhan, Planet Ayurveda and Maa Yoga Ashram is pleased to provide this formal certificate course of study in Ayurvedic Health-care. This course endeavors to provide a comprehensive and authentic professional education for the health professional seeking to incorporate Ayurvedic medical principles into their self-care regimen or existing practice in caring for others.

The Course in Ayurveda is comprised of a three workshops 1) Fundamentals and Physiology, 2) diagnosis, 3) Herbology and Dietary Treatments in addition to substantial home study. Upon the completion of each course a CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT will be provided and upon the completion of all three courses a certificate as an AYURVEDIC HEALTH CONSULTANT issued by Planet Ayurveda and signed by Khabir, Dr. Vikram Chauhan and Dr. Amrit Raj in behalf or Maa Yoga Ashram. 

 Video Testimonials from 2017

 

AYURVEDIC MEALS

Vegetarian Ayurvedic meals will be provided in Maa Yoga Ashram a beautiful private ashram close to the ganges river in Laxman Jhula area, Rishikesh India.  *Breakfast, dinner and teas are included in the cost of the workshop. 

SUPPORTING INSTRUCTORS

Dr. Vikram Chauhan BAMS, MD (AYURVEDA) well-known Ayurvedic doctor with a large clinic in Chandigarh, India, and owner of Planet Ayurveda worldwide distributor of quality Ayurvedic products.

  


Dr. Munni Lal Maurya
of HEMADRI AYURVEDA CENTER in Rishikesh will be our guest speaker.

* More speakers to be announced.

"Another wonderful Ayurveda workshop at Khabir's! Everyone would benefit from this well organized workshop . . . .  Thank you Khabir for sharing your amazing knowledge."  Ilse Oliver, Ventura, CA

SCHEDULE for each workshop

OPENING - 1st day: Evening program

  • 6:00 pm Dinner
  • Introduction to the course - 7:00 pm by Khabir
  • Question and answer session

* Puja ceremony on the morning of the first day

DAILY SCHEDULE

  • 7:30 Yoga class (available)
  • 9:00 Breakfast (included) 
  • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm class with Khabir (with a 30-minute break)
  • 1:00 pm Lunch (not included, free time)
  • 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm - Free time
  • 4:30 to 6:30 class with Khabir
  • 7:00 pm Dinner (included) 
  • Evening events, guest speakers and music. 

CLOSING DAY

  • 9:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 am - 1:00 Providing individual certificates to each participant; closing words from Khabir and hosts. 

Teachings are based on classical teachings and not westernized but simplified without much use of sanskrit except for essential words.

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Fundamental Principles and the Physiology of Ayurveda

- Nov. 6th to 12th, 2018

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Note: This course should be taken before other courses to understand the tridoshic system, sub doshas, gunas, dhatus (tissues), srotomsi (systems), agni (digestive fire), ojas (immunity and inner strength) and ama (toxins and undigested food) and other essential aspects of Ayurvedic anatomy and functionality of the body according to Ayurveda. 

Course objectives:

  1. Developed and improve clinical diagnostic and treatment skills (not an academic review);
  2. Develop a good foundation in Ayurveda by understanding the Ayurvedic perspective of the human body: Anatomy and Physiology;
  3. Learn to view the human body, its functions, and imbalances in terms of the doshas (body types), sub-doshas, dhatus (tissues) and srotamsi (systems), waste products (mala), prana (life force), ojas (immunity), etc.

This practical and intensive workshop will establish the foundation to proper Ayurvedic diagnosis and treatment skills (since Ayurveda anatomy is very different from the western system).  Ayurvedic therapies are based on Ayurvedic anatomy and energetics so it is essential to learn before proceeding with diagnosis skills, herbology (dravya guna), dietary counseling (ahara chikitsa), panchakarma (5 types of detoxification) and rasayana (rejuvenation or nutritional therapy).

Course Outline:

Part 1: Fundamental Principles of Ayurveda 

  • Understanding the 5 elements – Akash (Space), Vayu (Air), Jal (Water), Agni (Fire) and Prithvi (Earth) and their attributes (gunas).
  • Understand clearly the Tri-Dosha theory (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and the 15 Sub Doshas, their locations and qualities.
  • Learn how every physical characteristic, mental capacity and the emotional tendency of a human being can, therefore, be explained in terms of the tridoshas.

Part 2: Ayurvedic Anatomy and Energetics 

  •  Learn about the concepts of Prakruti (your original "body type") & your Vikruti (current imbalances)*.
  •  Understand Agni (digestive fire) - Understating the roles and functions of Agni, the main types of Agni, trikhsa agni (high), visham agni (variable), manda agni (dull), sama agni (balanced), and the subtypes of Agni.
  • Learn about Ama (metabolic toxins) and Malas (body's waste products): Understand the three primary malas being Purisa (feces), Mutra (urine) and Sweda (sweat), types and causes of Ama.
  • Learn about the 7 Dhatus (body tissues): the Rasa (fluid) Dhatu,  Rakta (blood) Dhatu, Mamsa Dhatu (muscle tissue), Meda (fat) Dhatu, Maija Dhatu (bone marrow tissue and nerves) and Shukra Dhatu (reproductive tissue).   Learn how Dhatus form the pillars of the body that form the means of nourishment and growth while providing support to the body as well as the mind.
  •  Learn about 14 Srotamsi [essential for clinical practice] (channels or systems): 3 channels that revive food, prana (energy) and water; 7 bodily channels which nourish and maintain the body's tissue (dhatu); 3 eliminating channels for feces, urine and sweat; the mano vahya srotas (the channel of the mind).
  •  Learn about the qualities and functionality of Prana (energy), Tejas (metabolic fire) and Ojas (immunity).
  •  Understanding the three gunas - Satwa, Rajas and Tamas (states of mind)- and their  essential components or energies of the mind.

Part 3: Review and apply knowledge of Ayurveda anatomy

  • Each participant will describe their individual:
    • Prakruti (original body-mind type) and vikruti (current imbalanced doshas) and sub-dosha imbalances
    • State of agni and ama
    • State of each dhatu (tissue) and the respective srotamis (channels)
    • State of prana, Tejas and Ojas
    • State of mind based on the gunas: Satwa, Rajas, Tamas.

* Daily pre-reading material is provided the day before each course from the required text book.   Sanskrit words that are important in clinical Ayurveda will be thoroughly explained. 

Costs: 

US$550 for the 7-day workshop

Includes breakfast, dinner, accommodation for 6 nights, certification for 50 hours of study including 30 hours of instruction by Khabir.   Price includes a private "cottage" with an attached bathroom, 1 evening dinner on the first day and breakfast on the last day. The course also includes an herbal shopping tour, herbal teas for 7 days, handouts, room cleaning service, lectures by guest speakers, access to Pancha Karma treatments at reduced rates, close-by shopping and musical entertainment some nights.  

* Bring extra money for a yoga class in the morning, Pancha Karma treatments, private consultations with Ayurveda doctors, herbal products, indian clothes and gifts.  Transportation can be arranged from New Delhi, Chandigarh or Dehradun, India by taxi (6 hours, 5 hours or 1.5 hours respectively).

* Textbook Anatomy and Physiology in Ayurveda is an additional $16 (Amazon price without shipping)

Payment

Early bird specials until Feb. 28th

Pay the $100 deposit and save $50 before Feb. 28th (Balance is due before September 1st, 2018)

Send deposit by PayPal

Pay $450 and SAVE $100 before Feb. 28th

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Diagnosing Methods and Skills of Ayurveda

- Nov. 12th to the 18th, 2018

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Note: Before taking this workshop you should have a good knowledge of the fundamentals of Ayurveda including the knowledge the tridoshic system, sub doshas, gunas, dhatus (tissues), srotomsi (systems), agni (digestive fire), ojas (immunity and inner strength) and ama (toxins and undigested food) and other essential aspects of ayurvedic anatomy and functionality of the body according to Ayurveda.  It is highly recommended to take the first course before attending this course unless prior knowledge of the Ayurveda fundamentals exist. 

Course Outline:

Part 1: Diagnosis methods

  • Questioning skills – Asking about health history, symptoms, diet and digestion (Prashnana)
  • Observation skills - Reading the face, nails, eyes, skin and body (Darshana)
  • Touching skills - Reading the pulse, skin and organs (Sparshana)

Part 2: Diagnosing dosha, dhatsu (tissues), & mala (waste)

  • Diagnosing doshic imbalances: Vata, Pitta, Kapha (dosha Vriddhi)
  • Understanding the 6 stages of disease (Kriyakala)
  • Diagnosing digestion (agni)
  • Diagnosing toxins (ama) by observing the tongue
  • Analysis of the 3, bodily wastes (mala)
  • Diagnosing by observation of the skin, nails, face
  • Analysis of 10 body systems (srotamsi)
  • Diagnosing by the surface and deep pulse (nadi pariksha)
  • Understanding the rhythms of the doshas

Part 3: Review and apply knowledge of Ayurvedic diagnosis

  • Each participant will diagnosis other students: 
    • Prakruti (original body-mind type) and vikruti (current imbalanced doshas) and sub-dosha imbalances
    • Agni and ama
    • Each dhatu (tissue) and the respective srotamis (channels)
    • State of Prana, Tejas and Ojas
    • State of mind based on the gunas: Satwa, Rajas, Tamas.

* Daily pre-reading material is provided the day before each course from the required text book.  Sanskrit words that are important in clinical Ayurveda will be thoroughly explained. 

Costs

US$650 for the 7-day workshop

Includes breakfast, dinner, accommodation for 6 nights, certification for 50 hours of study, 30 hours of small group training and discussion by Khabir twice a day.   Price includes a private "cottage" with an attached bathroom, 1 evening dinner on the first day and breakfast on the last day. The course also includes an herbal shopping tours, herbal teas for 7 days, handouts, room cleaning service, lectures by guest speakers, access to Pancha Karma treatments at reduced rates, close-by shopping and musical entertainment some nights.  

* Bring extra money for a yoga class in the morning, Pancha Karma treatments, private consultations with respected India ayurveda doctors, herbal products, indian clothes and gifts.  Transportation can be arranged from New Delhi, Chandigarh or Dehradun, India by taxi (6 hours, 5 hours or 1.5 hours respectively).

* Textbook Pathology & Diagnosis in Ayurveda is an additional $26 (Amazon price without shipping)

Payments

Early bird specials until Feb. 28th:

Pay the $100 deposit and save $50 before Feb. 28th (Balance is due before September 1st, 2018)

Send deposit by PayPal

Pay $550 and SAVE $100 before Feb. 28th

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Herbology and Dietary Treatments of Ayurveda

- Nov. 18th to the 26th, 2018

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Note: This is an advanced class that requires an excellent knowledge of the fundamentals of Ayurveda including the knowledge the tridoshic system, sub doshas, gunas, dhatus, srotomsi, agni, ojas and ama and other essential aspects of ayurvedic anatomy and functionality of the body according to Ayurveda.  Basic knowledge and experience of Ayurvedic diagnosis by observation, questioning and touching is also required.  It is highly recommended to take the first two courses before attending this course unless prior knowledge and experience exist. 

Course Outline:

Part 1: Using food as medicine (ahara chikitsa)

  • Balancing Vata with food and eating habits
  • Balancing Pitta with food and eating habits
  • Balancing Kapha with food and eating habits
  • Variations for kapha-vata, pitta vata, kapha-pitta, etc

Part 2: Principles of Ayurveda Pharmacology (drava guna)

  • Type of herbal substances (dravyas)
  • The 20 gunas (qualities of herbal substances)
  • Tastes and energetics of herbal substances: rasas, vipak, veeya, prabhav
  • Actions of herbal substances: Karma

Part 3:  Specific herbs to balance:

  • Prana, udana, apana, samana, vyana vayu (vata)
  • Panchaka, ranjanka, bhrajaka, sadhaka, alochoka pitta 
  • Kledaka, avalambaka, bodhaka, tarpaka, shlesshaka khapa
  • Manda, tikshan, vishama and sama agni
  • Prana, tejas and ojas 

Part 4: Dietary and herbal treatments for: 

  • The respiratory system (prana vaha sroto)
  • The digestive system (anna vahu sroto) 
  • The water system (Ambu sroto) 
  • Conditions of the lymph (rasa sroto & dhatu)
  • conditions of the blood-liver-speen (rakta sroto & dhatu)
  • Conditions of the muscles (mamsa sroto & dhatu)
  • Conditions of fat tissue (meda sroto & dhatu)
  • Conditions of the joints and bones (ashti sroto & dhatu) 
  • Conditions of the nervous system (meja sroto & dhatu) 
  • Conditions of the reproductive system male/female (shukra/Artava sroto & dhatu) 
  • The colon (purisha sroto)
  • The sweat glands (sveda sroto)
  • The urinary system (Mutra sroto) 

Costs

US$750 for the 9-day workshop

Includes breakfast, dinner, accommodation for 8 nights, certification for 6o hours of study, 35 hours of small group training and discussion by Khabir twice a day.   Price includes a private "cottage" with an attached bathroom, 1 evening dinner on the first day and breakfast on the last day. The course also includes an herbal shopping tours, herbal teas for 7 days, handouts, room cleaning service, lectures by guest speakers, access to Pancha Karma treatments at reduced rates, close-by shopping and musical entertainment some nights.  

Bonus: For 2 days, Nov. 27th and 28th, Dr. Vikram will teach about the herbal products of Planet Ayurveda and provide a wholesale discount code to purchase Planet Ayurveda products as a practitioner in his Chandigarh clinic.  Chandigarh, apox 5 hours from Rishikesh by taxi.  Khabir will arrange transportation on the 26th to Chandigarh. Dr. Vikram will provide accommodation and his course for only $50 per person payable to Dr. Vikram directly.  (If you plan to attend then it is best to fly in and out of Chandigarh). 

* Bring extra money for a yoga class in the morning, Pancha Karma treatments, private consultations with respected India ayurveda doctors, herbal products, indian clothes and gifts.  Transportation can be arranged from New Delhi, Chandigarh or Dehradun, India by taxi (6 hours, 5 hours or 1.5 hours respectively).

* Textbook Treatment Approaches in Ayurveda is an additional $35 

 Payments

Early bird specials until Feb. 28th

Pay the $100 deposit and save $50 before Feb. 28th (Balance is due before September 1st, 2018)

Send deposit by PayPal

Pay $650 and SAVE $100 before Feb. 28th

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 * Panchakarma, massage, private consultations and other treatments sold separately by Maa Yoga Ashram and associates of Khabir.

Limited to 12 participants - Register ASAP.

  

  

The beautiful and peaceful Maa Yoga Ashram, Rishikesh India 

 

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TESTIMONIALS

"Khabir has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Ayurveda to cement the textbook learning" Robert Linson, El Dorado, CA, USA

"Thanks your Khabir for teaching us in a clear and practical "western" style about such a subtle eastern science" Corinne, France
 
"I found Khabir's method and choice of supportive material thorough and expansive. I look forward to learning more from Khabir in the future." Benard Bennett, Austin Texas, USA
 
"I am extremely excited for this year's class [in 2017 because] the 2016 class was a great experience and loved everything we learned. . ."  Deysi Mir, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
 
 
"The Ayurveda course [in 2016] was exceptional. " Sanjana, Rajaskraran, Ojai, CA.

 

ADDITIONAL:

AYURVEDIC TREATMENTS

Tours of India and extra days in Rishikesh can be arranged. Ayurvedic treatments like Ayurvedic Massage/abhyanga, Shirodhara, panchakarma (vamana, verecharna, basti, nasya and rakta moksha) and herbal products can be purchased from the sponsors at a discounted rate. *

Does not include:

  • Personal travel costs to India and health insurance.
  • Cost of Visa (Please apply in advance it is very easy). For a 10 year multiple entry visa go here (recommended).  For just a 30 day on-time visa go here.
  • Travel from the airport to Rishikesh but can be arranged for about $120 paid in India (see below).

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

$150 deposit is Non-Refundable. Balance due by September 1st 2018.  (Your payment of the deposit for the workshop signifies your agreement with this policy.)

For updates and informal RSVP see the Facebook page here.

CONTACT:

Khabir at 805-308-3480 for more information.

AIR TICKETS & TRAVEL

For a recommended travel agent to purchase tickets call AAKASH TRAVEL at 310-806-2923. They specialize in discounted tickets to India. Shahdeen is aware of this tour and can make recommendations for what flights are best and can book your ticket. 

**Travel arrangements and tickets can be provided by Aakash Tours, Los Angeles.

A TAXI FROM NEW DELHI AIRPORT, DEHRADUN OR CHANDIGARH TO RISHIKESH, MAA YOGA ASHRAM can be arranged by Khabir. 

REMAINING COURSES

Part 4: Detoxification and Purification (Pancha Karma) - Body Work and Steam Therapy (Snehana-Swedhana), Shirodhara (Mind Therapy), Rakta Moksha (Blood Letting), Basti (Enemas), Therapeutic Vomiting (Vamana). Rejuvenation and Tonification Protocols and Treatments.

 

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